Putting the Z on it’s head, polishing a turd, and no going back…

I’m at a point where I needed to pull the motor and transmission out of the car. They both did their job in the mock up stages, and both need to be rebuilt. I’ll go more in-depth on the rebuilds later.DSC01356

The suspension has served it’s purpose in the mock up stage as well. Time to pull it off. It’s also a great opportunity to do some modifications on the S13 front crossmember. DSC01353

Putting the Z on its head.

So why am I going backwards? It’s really so I can move forward. I had a lot of welding that I needed to address under the chassis. It’s a lot  easier to strip the chassis and flip it over then to lay on your back to do some welding. Hopefully this is will be the first and last time the car is upside down if you know what I mean…DSC01325







Polishing a turd.

As you can see in the above photos, the chassis is looking pretty dingy. Once I weld the body/sheet metal to the chassis it’s going to be hard to sand all the nooks and crannies. I figured this would be a good opportunity to give the chassis a proper sanding. DSC01349



No going back.

Technically there was “no going back” in my very first post when I cut the car up. I guess what I’m saying is things are becoming very perminate. For a long time the car has been easy to disassemble/reassemble with temporary rivets, nuts, and bolts. It’s time finalize the sheet metal work.

The firewall was a perfect place to start. It was pretty tricky to get these panels to fit perfect. As you can see the OCD kicked in and they look great!DSC01377

I then moved on to the front floor pans. These were a walk in the park to weld considering they have been built for months. DSC01381

The next task was to weld the front portion of the transmission tunnel. Before I welded them in for good, I added access panels. Everything is very tight fit, and being able to quickly remove a panel is a lot easier than removing the transmission. I took a page out of the Roadster Shop “Rampage” Camaro build. DSC01379


I’ll be working on the seat pans next, and continue on towards the back of the Z. As always, thanks for the read. If you have any questions, be sure to hit me up in the comments.

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  1. Hi, stumbled across this build looking at door bar designs and have to say you’re doing a fantastic job, fabrication and attention to detail. Am building a tube chassis car of my own, mid engine Lexus V8 though and quite a bit behind where you are still. Seeing things like this is great motivation!

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